When it comes to fashion, there are many facets, like those of a glimmering gemstone, to this school of thought. And, it is , believe it or not, a school of thought. On a technical level, fashion is actually a subset of the branch of philosophy known as aesthetics, the study of what we find appealing and why. And, much like philosophy, fashion is something that you interact with on a daily basis, whether you know it or not, and whether or not you care. Fashion is everywhere, and it belongs to everyone. There’s a misconception out there that you can’t be the kind of person who frequents Autozone and still like fashion. In other words, many of us erroneously think that fashion is exclusively for women. (And, for that matter, that being into cars is solely for men.) Men are implicitly taught by society to disregard and reject fashion, and that’s a tragedy, because those of us who are interested in fashion are kind of left high and dry due to the lack of interest creating a lack of options. As for myself, I’ve been wearing the occasional women’s clothing since I was a teenager trying to create a style for myself in the form of long, red overcoats and yoga pants.There was even a brief affair with chokers and fishnet gloves in my teenage years. However, there’s not a lot a man can do with regards to fashion. The apex of men’s fashion is the suit, which is also a “uniform” of sorts for professionals, so that’s unfortunate.
The good news is that the trend of men being pushed away from an interest in fashion is quickly changing, and it’s about time. Today, society is being forced to be more accepting of those who “violate” the “rules” of society in one way or another, and so we can have men who express emotion, who have an interest in “feminine” things like caring about their looks and an interest in fashion. Likewise, the walls are coming down in regards to what women are “allowed” to be interested in. It’s truly a great time to be alive in that regard, at least. Now, if we give a few decades, men’s fashion will have some options worth writing home about, In the meantime, I’m going to continue wearing the bright read women’s overcoat an ex girlfriend’s aunt gave me when I was in high school and look like an anime character.